Sunday, April 15, 2012

Tyler Florence's Lemon Curd Trifle with Fresh Berries

I made this dessert for the Easter feast hosted by our extended family.  It was very time intensive, as I started it on Saturday and finished it on Sunday. One of the ingredients listed is a lemon pound cake, which based on one of the recipe reviews, I made using Ina Garten's lemon yogurt cake recipe:(
Part of this recipe includes the making of fresh lemon curd, and while not terribly difficult, is an additional time investment.  The curd did come out terrific, but you could easily skip that step and use store bought lemon curd without comprimising the dessert at all.
That being said, here is a photo of my trifle, garnished on top with arranged berries and edible spring flowers.  Would I make it again, sure!  Will I use a store-bought lemon curd, probably.

Crispy Lime Cilantro Wings with Sriracha Sauce

I know what you might be thinking.....ANOTHER recipe from Michael Symon?  But, when I saw him prepare these recently on The Chew (ABC), I knew that I would be trying them soon!  These hot wings are prepared in a somewhat normal fashion:

1. Marinade (a mixture of lime juice, olive oil, smoked paprika, sugar & salt)
2. Bake (prior to frying, reduces time spent in the frying oil)
3. Fry (he used DUCK FAT, not readily available, so I used peanut oil)
4. Sauce

However, the huge difference lies in the sauce.  It is a sauce consisting of Sriracha (Asian hot sauce), cider vinegar, honey and butter.  This combination of ingredients is incredibly spicy/sweet/salty all at once!  It creates a wonderful finishing glaze after being fried, and ends with a garnish of sliced jalapenos and cilantro leaves.  I urge you to give them a try, as they have become my new "go to" recipe for wings!!
Here is the recipe: